13. How do I get Building Regulations approval?
The approval is usually in two parts, the first being a submission of plans and specifications prior to construction to confirm that the design is satisfactory, and the second on completion of the works on site, which the inspector will check regularly throughout construction. It is also possible to obtain approval by the ‘notice method’, whereby a simple form is submitted at least 48 hours before starting on site and the building control officer inspects the works as they progress on site. This method, although more straightforward is best suited to very simple alterations. The benefit of submitting and obtaining full plans approval in advance is that you commence works on site with confidence with your proposals, as long as they are built correctly, will comply with building regulations without potentially expensive alterations or adjustments whilst in build being required.